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About The Fruteria
San Antonio, TX 78204
The Fruteria proudly features its world-renowned chef, Chef Johnny Hernandez. The talented Chef Hernandez has had the honor to serve as a guest chef at President Obama's Cinco de Mayo White House Celebration.
At The Fruteria, order from the wide array of freshly pressed fruit juices, a popular option being the Buenos Dias made from milk, bananas, eggs, almonds, oats and honey. Pair this sweet juice with an order of the Cacahuates con ajo y chile, which are spicy peanuts seasoned with garlic and chile de àrbol. After dining and chatting with friends over peanuts, try the Chile en Nogada, the Poblano peppers with picadillo, sundried fruits and creamy walnut sauce. Regardless of what you order at The Fruteria, authentic is what you get.
Mexican, Tapas / Small Plates
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm, Saturday: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
S. Alamo & Cevallos
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
We have street parking in front of the resturant and after 5:00 pm we offer parking in the secure lit parking lot across the street.
Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Love food? Like to try new things? Want fresh food and cocktails? This is the place for you. This is my favorite place for brunch and a must visit anytime I'm in San Antonio! The food is great and deliciously different, and the cocktails are beyond compare. All are made with fresh infusions. Recommend the sinocrinozada torta and the mango mimosas for brunch. Grab a chicken tinga chalupa and cucumber margarita for lunch or dinner. Don't forget an agua fresca to go ... made fresh daily, these various infused waters are great! This past weekend our table had the cantaloupe, the hibiscus, and the pineapple. Muy delicioso!
Fruteria is not your typical Mexican restaurant. The food is anything but Tex Mex and is creatively prepared traditional Mexican food with an array of great margaritas and infusions. The menu is primarily tapas-style so you can try a number of different dishes - all done very well with great flavors. Don't come here expecting great tacos and enchiladas - you'll be disappointed.
My wife and I are fans of Johnny Hernandez's cooking and service styles. While she has gone to his other restaurant; El Machito, this is my first time indulging in the chef's cuisine. We were blown away by how true the fair reflects the restaurants name. We started our lunch with a Verde liquado with some fresh cilantro thrown into it. The server; who for the life of me I cannot remember his name; recommended this to us. This server by the way is who solely made our lunch exceptional.
She had the Tangy Chicken Toastada, and I had the Bistec Torta. They were both outstanding! The Toastada had the perfect balance of savory, almost umami flavors that were in perfect harmony with the citrus and sharp flavors of their freshly pickled escabecha. The Torta was that of an infusion of what I like to think Mexican and French. The bollios had that fresh French bakery taste which made the filling of the Bistec, fresh tomato and avocado sing! We then shared an out of this world bread pudding; which was also recommended to us by the server. As a chef myself, I appreciate a good meal; and this is one of the best I've had in a while. 5 outta 5 hands down. We will be back!
We weren't sure what expect from the restaurant, but we were very pleasantly surprised. The food was delicious and I loved the extensive drink menu. Even better was the service. We never had to wait for someone to check on us, Antonio and other waitstaff were always near to make sure we had anything we needed. The restaurant is extremely clean and decorated with wonderful Mexican art of all kinds. I would recommend La Fruteria to couples or groups who are in the mood for fantastic food and drinks.
An hour after our reservation, we still weren't seated. The hostess was unimpressive and seemed uninterested in getting us seated at all. Other patrons came in and out and we still hadn't been seated. We left and were seated immediately at Liberty Bar instead.
This was my second visit to this restaurant , after my first experience having gone so well. I live in Houston and I am always looking for great places to eat when in San Antonio. The drinks were great ! I had the " Jarrito" with the 6 chilies infuse and it was amazing. Dinner was sadly lacking . The plate presentation was great but the food was served cold. We tried the chiles en nogada, puerco en salsa verde, gorditas tinga de pollo all served cold. We also tried the chilapitas de atun and that was great.
The restaurant wasn't busy for a Saturday night , but the Waite staff was slow.
Fruteria is our go-to place for Sunday brunch and delicious salads during the week. I'm not a salad person, but Fruteria combines the freshest greens and fruit to create beautiful, flavorful dishes. As a local here in San Antonio, we love that Johnny Hernandez opened Fruteria, which offers healthy options at affordable prices. San Antonio is lucky to have chef Johnny Hernandez and his culinary inventiveness!
Excellent experience...went for brunch the natural juices are amazing, mimosas are made with real fruit juice not canned, the guacamole is incredible if you go try something different you won't be disappointed. The ambience is nice decorative but not overwhelming. The servers are friendly and attentive. I would say this is a true gem in Johnny's restaurants not as loud as La Gloria, but a great still a great experience. Take a group of friends but make reservations to make sure your covered.
This little botanero is only a few miles from the heart of downtown San Antonio and is definitely a neighborhood gem. All the food is fresh and local, and so are the drinks! Fresh fruit and vegetable homemade infusions are the base of all the custom cocktails you can get, and the list is impressive! Perfect for brunch, though breakfast is only served on weekends. Can't miss with their mango mimosa anytime, and while the menu may be a little eccentric for some, there is something for everyone. Like more standard fare? Get a torta (sandwich) with homemade chips ...the chicken adobo is a group favorite. The manzana salad is large and filling, and the tostadas are all great! We loved this place and visit every time we're back home (native San Antonians). The only drawbacks are that it is very small, which can lead to significant wait times when busy, and it's in an industrial area so there isn't a lot right around there to walk to or browse while waiting. Additionally, parking is a problem for the same reasons. If you make plans to visit right when they open, you won't have any problems. Otherwise, if you are visiting SA, recommend making a reservation and exploring cab, public transportation, or hotel shuttle if available for late night/peak time visits.
I was surprised to find that The Fruiteria wasn't packed at lunch. We were able to get right in. I had a breaded chicken torta (sandwich) that came with fresh chips and it was delicious. There are also tostada and salads on the lunch menu but neither came with sides. I wish there were additional options but good was yummy. Also, got a fruit cup to go with my choice of fruits!
I had the best experience at The Fruteria! The servers were attentive and polite. Food was amazing. I had the three course special. Their new desert included a pineapple ice cream topped with cajeta and spicy nuts. It was amazingly good! Great quality for the price! Romantic and definitely a hidden gem. I will return!
We visited this restaurant to celebrate a friend's birthday, and the atmosphere was festive and energetic. The food was so flavorful and unique. The combinations of sweet and salty as well as celebration of authentic Mexican cuisine made this one of my top favorites in San Antonio.
The food was outstanding, once it finally arrived. We waited for 30 minutes for our drinks after ordering. The single drink received, out of the two ordered, was for another table. I walked it back to the bar to ask for the drinks ordered. Once received, they were FaNTASTIC!!! The food was phenomenal. We ordered 5 dishes, all outstanding...especially the mushroom quesadillas!!! The service was disappointing after driving 27 minutes to the restaurant. For over $100 for appetizers and three drinks, I expect better service & great food. Unfortunately, I will not be making the journey there again.
My family and I have dined here twice for breakfast. Tonight's dinner was wonderful. Love, love the small plates. We tried quesadillas, chile relenos and ceviche! All most wonderful. I had the Sangria and my husband a beer! It was really a great, flavorful meal. The wait staff very attentive and pleasant. Love also that you can make reservations! Wishing this were true for La Gloria (which we also love!)
Really enjoyed the food, and though they call them "small" plates, 2 starters and 2 mains were more than enough food for 2 people. The drinks are also fabulous. Highly recommend the infusion margaritas. Noise level was due not to patrons, but to the World Cup game on the television.
The food was very different from what I'm used to,but,delicious! Me and my wife had a good time and will visit again. We came upon this place because we have ate at another restaurant(La Gloria's) from the same chef(Johnny Hernandez) and it was also very tasty. Next on the list will be El Machito! Enjoy!!
Cucumber margarita was excellent! Started off with Guacamole Refrescante-jicama, cucumbers & oranges-refreshing, different and delicious! Next came the Chicharrón En Salsa Roja Gordita-pork cracklings in a roasted tomato sauce with chiles and crema - very good, but very light on pork cracklings, I would have preferred a bit more. Next came the Chile Relleno En Nogada-a (small) roasted poblano pepper (not battered and fried) with beef, sundried fruits and a creamy walnut sauce-my mouth waters now just thinking about how good it was! Finally, the Cazuela de Puerco en Salsa Verde con Verdudas-chunks of pork in a roasted tomatillo sauce with bits of vegetables-so, so good! Overall we were delighted -the food exceeded our expectations!
Delicious food and service was good however I took my mom here for Mother's Day and they were out of a lot of her favorites. We couldn't wait to eat their Guacamole again and they were out at 11:30AM and didn't have bread pudding for dessert. Other than that it was delicious as always.
Interesting menu with a great drink list. All was creative and delicious. Server recommended 2-3 plates for our group of four. We did 3 per person and it ended up being too much, though we did get to try a lot. Server was a little flippant but not enough so to ruin our experience. Would definitely recommend and would go back again.
Our first time there. DELICIOUS food. The Jicama "salad" was so light and refreshing. The service was friendly and attentive and the guacamole is the best in San Antonio - which is saying lot with all of the great guacs in SA. This place would be absolutely perfect for the hot eating months in July and August as well because the food is so light and refreshing, but still very filling and tasty. Colorful outside covered porch with fans. Go! you won't be sorry!
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